Why American soldiers were on front lines of anti-Vietnam-war movement

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Ho Chi Minh City exhibition recalls how American GIs organised protests, published underground newspapers and served jail time in their efforts to bring peace to Southeast Asia

By Gary Jones

The stereotypical image of the Vietnam war veteran, returning to the United States after an arduous tour of duty, only to be spat upon and cursed as a murderer by sneering, long-haired peace protesters, is seared into the American psyche like a scar from a white-hot burst of napalm. The accepted belief is that weary veterans trudged home to be condemned, cold-shouldered, even physically assaulted – simply for doing their duty to their country. Continue reading “Why American soldiers were on front lines of anti-Vietnam-war movement”

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9 million Vietnamese people still living in extreme poverty: report

By Dat Nguyen   April 7, 2018 | 05:00 am GMT+7

9 million Vietnamese people still living in extreme poverty: report

A homeless woman rides a bicycle in Hanoi on December 18, 2017. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

The poor faces a widening gap in terms of access to upper secondary education and improved water and sanitation.

Nine million Vietnamese people are still living in extreme poverty, according to a World Bank report released on Thursday which calls for more alleviation efforts despite the success so far.

Vietnam’s poverty rate fell by almost 4 percentage points since 2014, to 9.8 percent in 2016, but the problem is far from solved, especially among ethnic groups, the report said.

Ethnic minorities, many of them living in mountainous areas, account for 72 percent of Vietnam’s poor, it said.

The average per capita consumption of ethnic minorities remains less than 45 percent of the Kinh and Hoa (Chinese), the majority groups in the 93-million strong Vietnam, it said.

The poor also faces a widening gap in terms of access to upper secondary education and improved water and sanitation, the report said.

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